HBO is Kinda Rebooting Their Staple Late Night Series ‘Real Sex’

By December 5, 2013
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After reading that headline, you may not understand why an article like this belongs on a site like GeekNation. Well, we all grew up sneaking some late night cable in our bedrooms, and during our formative years, one of the more eye-opening series was HBO’s “Real Sex.”

The cable network has been playing the decades-old episodes of that show non-stop, but now they might have some new content about sex in the ever-growing age of information and technology.

Though HBO isn’t using the word “reboot,” Vulture has learned the network is working on a new series called “Sex/Now,” which will use the same format containing two or three documentary shorts and person on the street segments to chronicle some interesting arenas in the world of sex. A lot has changed since the show began in 1990, and even since the last episode aired in 2008 (the show wasn’t run frequently enough to cover a wide breadth of topics that have become more prominent today).

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The half-hour pilot for the new series will air on January 2nd next year at 11pm ET exclusively on HBO, and if all goes well, there might be more on the way. The series’ new director Chris Moukarbel (Me @ the Zoo) had the same experience with the show that many children of the 90s had:

“Like lots of young people growing up, I learned a lot about sex by watching Real Sex. It was also my porn! It was hot for me as a kid, and the more I talked about it with people, the more I realized that this was a common experience that a lot of people had with the show.

On the show, we want to explore sex culture and we want people to be turned on, but we’re also interested in these other questions about how people find sexual fulfillment through the Internet.”

If this first episode goes over well, Moukarbel plans on looking at recent innovations like Grindr and Tinder, mobile apps that allow users to quickly find dates, hook-ups, etc. with people who are in their current vicinity. It sounds like HBO will continue to bring teenagers into puberty on cable when their parents are asleep or out of town (and if they’re sick of the nudity on “True Blood”). Also, if you’re interested, you should check out Vulture’s fascinating oral history (no pun intended) of the staple HBO series. It’s a good read.

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Ethan Anderton
Some of his favorite films include Ghostbusters, The Empire Strikes Back and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, while his favorite TV series include LOST, Mad Men, 30 Rock, Parks & Recreation, Arrested Development and Saturday Night Live.